Tom Freeman is entering his second year as the defensive line coach at Jacksonville University and his second year overall as a member of the staff.
Freeman boasts over four decades of football coaching experience at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.
Directly prior to his tenure at JU, he spent two seasons at Bowling Green State University; one as a defensive line coach and another as a tight ends and offensive line coach. The 2014 season saw the Falcons claim a MAC eastern division championship title and trip to the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl while the 2015 campaign saw the team crowned as league champions and earn a trip to the GoDaddy Bowl.
Before that, Freeman served one season as the defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois University, helping the Panthers advance to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.
Freeman spent the 2011 football season as the offensive line coach at Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Fla., assisting the team in claiming a district championship and reaching the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) playoffs.
His 2010 season was spent north of the border, as he served as the offensive line coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. While there, the team won the western division and advanced to the Grey Cup.
Prior to his time in Canada, Freeman assisted a variety of collegiate offenses at both the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and FCS levels.
He was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, for the 2009 football season, assisting the team as they clinched an FCS playoff berth.
Before Weber State, he was the offensive line coach at the University of Central Florida for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Knights were the 2007 Conference USA champions, and went on to appear in the Liberty Bowl that year.
Freeman’s extensive resume also includes stops at Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, Arizona State University, San Diego State University and the University of Hawaii.
While serving on the Panthers’ coaching staff (1997-2004), he helped guide the team to six bowl appearances including the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, and was selected to coach in the 2004 East-West Shrine Game and the 1999 Blue-Gray Game.
Coaching guards and centers at Arizona State from 1984-1991, he also helped the team to three bowl appearances including the 1987 Rose Bowl.
Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from San Diego State.
He currently resides in Winter Springs, Fla., with his wife Joanne.